Familienportrait Teil 6 – “In Germany Before the War” / Black and white photographs from the 1930s – Part 1

Bevor ich die “Liebesgeschichte im Krieg” fortsetze, zeigen 2 Foto-Strecken das Berlin und Deutschland der Vorkriegsjahre.

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Folklore at the Lustgarten

My great-aunt Lotte was married to the police-officer Paul Springer. Uncle Paul was a conservative but not a nazi. He was deeply convinced that police should provide shelter for people and therefore he despised the prosecution of the jews. When on 9th november 1938 the nazis raided jewish shops he commanded his policemen to protect jewish property on Friedrichstrasse. This was the end of his career in the Third Reich.

He was an amateur fotographer who focused on his fellow policemen, his family, Berlin and the countyside, namely Bad Liebenwerda, a small town on the prussian border to saxony where Tante Lotte was born. I inherited an album of his pictures, the quality and the freshness of the prints is amazing. Many of the small 5 by 10 cm photographs were destroyed by uncle Paul in the last days of the…

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